The Timbers Army has the Portland City Council's backing in its effort to fight off Major League Soccer's effort to trademark the Cascadia Cup.
City councilors voted 5-0 to request that MLS respect the trademark of the Timbers Army and two other Northwest supporter groups.
The cup is awarded annually after a series of matches between the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps. The team with the best head-to-head record wins the Cascadia Cup.
The Timbers are the current holders of the cup, thanks to a 30-yard strike from Jack Jewsbury last fall that gave Portland a 1-0 win over the Whitecaps.
Controversy erupted earlier this year when Major League Soccer filed trademark applications on the term Cascadia Cup - a trophy created by the supporter's groups of the three teams before they joined the MLS.
This year, fans of the three rival teams united and created the Cascadia Cup Council in an effort to ensure the trademark stays in the hands of the fans who created it.
Jeremy Wright, vice president of the Timbers Army's 107ist, said the fans want to avoid what has happened to the Rocky Mountain Cup - a rivalry trophy created by Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake fans. It is now sponsored by Subaru.
Wright said there has been progress in recent talks between MLS and the Cascadia Cup Council.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber, speaking in Seattle earlier this month, said he hoped the two sides could reach a mutual agreement.
But at this point, the dispute has not been resolved.
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